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Columbia Call for Nominees: The 2016 Frank A. Calderone Prize in Public Health

Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health is calling for nominations for the Frank A. Calderone Prize, the most prestigious award in public health.  Presented bi-annually at a ceremony in New York City, the Calderone Prize honors individuals who have made transformational contributions to the field of public health. Previous honorees include Drs.Peter Piot, Mary Robinson, Nafis Sadik, and former Mailman School Dean Allan Rosenfield. The 2014 Calderone Prize was presented to Dr. H. Jack Geiger, the architect of the community health center model in the United States and founding member and past president of Physicians for Social Responsibility and Physicians for Human Rights.


The award is named for Dr. Frank A. Calderone, who served the City of New York as the Department of Health District Health Officer, as director of the Headquarters Office of the United Nations Interim Commission of the World Health Organization, and who held key positions in the permanent organization, including chief technical officer and New York office director. Subsequently, Dr. Calderone was appointed medical director of the United Nations Secretariat Health Service. The prize was established in 1986 through the generosity of Dr. Calderone and his family.


“My father’s passion for the science of public health knew no boundaries,” said Ms. Francesca Calderone-Steichen,  Dr. Calderone’s daughter. “He was fascinated by public health innovation, and took inspiration from the enduring humanitarianism he observed in his colleagues, whether working in international settings, in municipal health departments, or in developing countries first implementing a public health infrastructure. The prize that bears his name recognizes that spirit in others.”


The 2016 honoree, who will deliver a special lecture to become part of the Calderone Prize archive, will be selected by a 12-member committee that includes Dr.  Harrison Spencer, president of ASPPH, Dr. Linda P. Fried, dean of the Mailman School, and Dr. Alfredo Morabia, editor-in-chief of the American Journal of Public Health. Read more about the Prize and download the 2016 ballot here. Nominations are being accepted through April 15.